Washington wants the world to look into human rights abuse in other countries but is keen to halt the progress of any investigation delving into war crimes committed by Americans.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to investigate possible crimes committed between 2003 and 2014 including the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by US forces and the CIA.
Israel and the United States have both refused to sign up to the International Criminal Court, which was set up in 2002 to be the only global tribunal trying the world's worst crimes, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Donald Trump is pardoning soldiers who have committed war crimes in a test for US justice.
There was no immediate public reaction from Myanmar’s government, though in previous statements it has rejected the court’s jurisdiction and said it would not cooperate with any proceeding.
ICC prosecutor has previously sought to examine possible atrocities by the Taliban, Afghan government forces, and US forces, mostly between 2003-2004.
International Criminal Court's Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda began investigating alleged war crimes by US troops in Afghanistan in 2017. Last month, the US threatened to deny visas to anyone pursuing court cases against its forces.
After years of impunity, a case against Syria’s Assad regime has been filed with the International Criminal Court, with significant implications for Assad and his allies.
The international community has often proven incapable of dealing with state led crimes against humanity, and Myanmar could prove another missed milestone.
The Trump administration's decision comes after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in November 2017 had sought judicial authorisation to begin an investigation of possible war crimes by US armed forces personnel as well as CIA members in Afghanistan.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al Malki says the arrest of 16-year-old Ahed al Tamimi is “another proof on Israeli policies and crimes.”
This would be the first time possible crimes committed by US forces could be under the spotlight. The Taliban, Haqqani network, Afghan government, US troops and CIA all appear to have carried out war crimes, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says.
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